Film scanners can be a highly cost-effective purchase, whether you’re an avid film shooter or just someone with an attic full of old slides that need digitising. With high-end illumination and optical systems, modern film scanners can give your slides and negatives a new digital lease on life by creating high-resolution copies that can be stored, shared and printed as you please.

Slide and negative scanners will be specifically designed to work with old film stock and convert physical media into JPEGs. Consequently, they will generally offer higher resolution than conventional flatbed scanners. A scanner’s resolution is measured in dots per inch, or DPI – the higher the DPI, the larger and more detailed a file a scanner can produce. More detailed scans will take longer than lower-resolution ones; many scanners will offer a range of resolution settings, allowing you to prioritise speed or quality according to your needs.